verb (used with object), brutalized, brutalizing.
to make brutal.
to treat (someone) with brutality.
Also, especially British, brutalise.

1695–1705; brutal + -ize

brutalization, noun
overbrutalization, noun
overbrutalize, verb (used with object), overbrutalized, overbrutalizing.
unbrutalize, verb (used with object), unbrutalized, unbrutalizing. Unabridged
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brutalize or brutalise (ˈbruːtəˌlaɪz)
1.  to make or become brutal
2.  (tr) to treat brutally
brutalise or brutalise
brutali'zation or brutalise
brutali'sation or brutalise

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Example sentences
But at the same time, sports often brutalize the player-they make him more
  aggressive, more violent.
These dictators brutalize their own people, endanger global security, and
  protect one another.
He has not led a transition, and he continues to brutalize his people.
Nevertheless, a rational sentencing scheme should punish more severely those
  who brutalize the victims of their crimes.
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